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Hoskins comes second in Latvia but sees off Albert Speer and Zaha - images

Gareth Hoskins Architects has narrowly missed out on winning a major international competition to masterplan the 'playground' resort of Jurmala in Latvia.

The Glasgow-based practice was beaten to the prize of redesigning the 23ha peninsula plot by Danish firm Henning Larsens Tegnestue.

However AJ 40 Under 40 rising star Hoskins - in collaboration with Belfast landscape architect The Paul Hogarth Company (TPHC) - was delighted to have seen off the likes of Zaha Hadid, Anglo-Dutch practice S333 and Albert Speer & Partners to secure second spot.

A key feature of the contest was how to deal with a large abandoned Soviet fish factory in the heart of the site on the Baltic Coast, west of the Latvian capital Riga.

The Hoskins and TPHC approach ( pictured) included plans for a luxury hotel and spa resort, along with an international yacht club, eco-centre, and new homes ranging from luxury houses complete with their own boathouses to 'more modest' apartments.

by Richard Waite

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